A federal court in Georgia has granted a motion filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division to modify a 1999 consent decree thus giving Atlanta 13 more years to complete an estimated $445 million in remaining repairs to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. United States v. City of Atlanta, No. 98-1956 (N.D. Ga. 9/20/12). The previous deadline to make repairs was July 1, 2014. According to news reports, the city has spent some $1.5 billion on consent-decree compliance over the past 10 years. The extension was supported by several environmental, conservation and industry groups. See BNA Daily Environment Report, September 24, 2012.